Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his desire not to make wholesale signings in the summer transfer window.
In an exclusive interview with the Liverpool Echo, he indicated his belief that the Reds’ squad is already strong enough and would rather leave opportunities for young players to grow into the side than bring in players just to have cover for each position.
In his Liverpool Echo interview, Klopp said: “In the transfer window, you have to build a team that you think you want to go into the season with, but I have that team already.”
Speaking about his preference for long-term solutions to the squad, he added: “Transfer strategy has to be long-term. Short-term covers the problem, but doesn’t solve it.”
Going back to the two Bundesliga titles he won with Borussia Dortmund, he did not radically overhaul his squad in either of the summers that followed those triumphs.
After winning the title in 2011, he made only three signings for a combined £10.1million, one of whom was Chris Lowe from German third-tier club Chemnitzer for £203,000.
He splurged somewhat more after their 2012 title triumph, his four signings that summer totalling £23.08m, although most of that is attributed to the £15.39m purchase of Marco Reus from Borussia Monchengladbach.
This summer looks set to be an even quieter one in the transfer market for Klopp. The £1.3m addition of Sepp van den Berg remains Liverpool’s only confirmed signing with two weeks of the transfer window left, with the manager utilising players from the club’s academy and youth teams in pre-season.
From that group, Rhian Brewster has stood out with four goals in his first three games, with the likes of Bobby Duncan, Nathaniel Phillips, Ki-Jana Hoever, Yasser Larouci, Curtis Jones and Ryan Kent all featuring.
Considering that Liverpool won the Champions League only eight weeks ago, had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season with only 22 goals conceded and scored 112 goals in all competitions, Klopp could be forgiven for not wanting to overly tinker with his squad this summer.
However, with Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all featuring in international tournaments this summer, and the added commitment of the Club World Cup in December, fatigue could be a recurring theme in Liverpool’s season.
Also, with no senior natural left-back cover for Andrew Robertson, and Nathaniel Clyne ruled out to long-term injury, the squad lacks depth in key positions, something that could come back to haunt Klopp unless Liverpool’s youth and academy players step up as readily as Trent Alexander-Arnold did in 2016/17.
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